Cress is new Queen Annapolis Royal

Lawrence Powell
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Published on August 04, 2014

Queen Annapolis Royal Caitlin Bridson-Pateman crowns new Queen Cecelia Cress Sunday evening at Fort Anne.

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Queen Annapolis Royal 2013 Caitlin Bridson-Pateman hugs her parents during the coronation ceremony.

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Jane Nicholson presents Queen Annapolis Royal 2013 Caitlin Bridson-Pateman with a $1,000 bursary in honour of the late Dr. Daurene Lewis.

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Queen Annapolis Royal 2013 Caitlin Bridson-Pateman delivers her farewell address.

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Miss Hillsdale House Inn Ashlee Nicole Aptt-Weir was 1st Lady In Waiting.

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A hug for Queen Cecelia.

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Laughing and crying.

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Queen Annapolis Royal Cecelia Cress speachless -- almost.

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A nod to the other princesses.

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Queen Annapolis Royal 2014 Cecelia Cress.

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Help from attendants, the police chief, and the town crier.

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Queen Cecelia on the arm of Annapolis Royal Police Chief Burt McNeil.

Emotional coronation for Miss Annapolis Foodland Cecelia Cress

Miss Hillsdale House Inn Ashlee Nicole Aptt-Weir is lady in waiting

By Lawrence Powell

The Spectator

editor@annapolisspectator.ca

 

Miss Annapolis Foodland Cecelia Cress was surprised when she was named Miss Friendship during the Queen Annapolis Royal Leadership Competition coronation Sunday evening at Fort Anne. But when it was announced a few minutes later that she was Queen Annapolis Royal 2014, the emotion was evident and tears streamed down her cheeks.

Miss Hillsdale House Inn Ashlee Nicole Aptt-Weir was 1st Lady In Waiting in the coronation ceremony that saw five young women vie for the title that has been held since Natal Day celebrations last year by Caitlin Bridson-Pateman. Caitlin went on to become Queen Annapolisa. She was on hand to embrace Cress and place her crown on the new queen's colourful locks.

Other princesses were Miss Garrison House Inn Chantal Marie Harlow, Miss Queen Anne Inn Lindsay Rose Brown, and Miss Annapolis Home Hardware Patience Charlene Evelyn Johnson.

“I can say whole heartedly and will continue to say for the rest of my life that these types of leadership competitions take young women and let them grow more than they could have ever expected from themselves,” said Bridson-Pateman in her farewell remarks. “That is the beauty of this valley we live in. Although we may be small we produce some amazing leaders because we hold these types of competitions and programs. The end outcome is always exciting and rewarding, but if you really think about it, the biggest reward is who we become and what we do once the competition is over.”

Bridson-Pateman was also presented with a $1,000 bursary in honour of the late Dr. Daurene Lewis who died in 2013. The Annapolis Royal native was the first female black mayor in Canada, a nurse, educator, and weaver.

Annapolis Royal Mayor Michael Tompkins thanked the five princesses for deciding to participate this year, keeping the tradition alive and well since 1946.

“I wish you the best of luck tonight and in the future,” he said moments prior to the coronation. “I would like to thank Queen Annapolis Caitlin Bridson-Patement for her reign over the past year representing our town. She will now continue on representing the entire Annapolis Valley as the 82nd Queen of Apple Blossom, a well-deserved honour.”

Annapolis County Warden Reg Ritchie also wished the contestants good luck, noting that the coronation, followed by the cadet sunset ceremony and fireworks has become a tradition for many.

 

 

Organizations: Queen Annapolis Royal, Hillsdale House Inn Ashlee Nicole Aptt-Weir, Chantal Marie Harlow

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